University of Oregon

Canvas to Replace Blackboard as UO’s Learning Management System (LMS)

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Faculty/Staff
Researcher
Student
GTF

The University of Oregon is pleased to announce that we have selected Canvas by Instructure as the university’s new enterprise Learning Management System (LMS). Following a transition period, Canvas will replace Blackboard, the UO’s current LMS. Both Blackboard and Canvas will be fully supported throughout this transition period. We anticipate that Canvas will be available for live courses beginning Spring quarter 2015.

The selection of Canvas LMS follows an extensive, campus-wide evaluation process. Canvas received overwhelmingly favorable assessment from thousands of UO students and over a hundred faculty, GTFs, and staff who reviewed, evaluated, and pilot tested a number of LMS platforms.

Extensive pilot testing indicates that Canvas will save faculty, GTFs, and students time and enhance student engagement that may lead to improved learning outcomes. Faculty, GTFs, and student pilot testers awarded Canvas very high ratings for its friendly and easy-to-learn user interface, grade book feature, e-mail communications and notifications system, overall navigation structure, and speed grader functionality. Canvas also provides a free mobile interface.

Migration Information
As implementation and transition details become available, they will be posted to http://blogs.uoregon.edu/canvas/.

If you have any questions or suggestions about the LMS transition or would like to assist in the transition, please contact the UO Libraries at lms@ithelp.uoregon.edu.